Criminal Justice Law Review and Criminal Justice Program Annual Symposium

The Criminal Justice Program in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Law Review hosts an annual fall symposium on a topic of pressing importance.

This year’s Symposium was entitled “Guns Everywhere: Individual Rights and Communal Harms after NYSRPA v. Bruen and was co-sponsored by Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the UCLA Criminal Justice Program. The Symposium brought together five panels of scholars, community activists, and leaders in the field to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the Second Amendment, gun violence, racial disparities in gun enforcement, and much more.

The featured panels and panelists with links to the individual panel recordings are listed below.

Playlist of all symposium recordings


Day 1 - October 20, 2022

Panel 1: Non-Carceral Solutions to Gun Violence: A Focus on Community Violence Intervention

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This panel will feature practitioners and researchers of community violence interruption programs who are fighting on the front lines to combat gun violence in the country’s most hard-hit communities. The panel will discuss non-carceral solutions to gun violence and how the law can better be used to serve communities and keep them safe. Panelists will discuss the promise and impediments of laws that currently exists, the legal obstacles to community-based violence interruption, and the ongoing and future legislative battles that will allow for an increase in both violence prevention and interruption.

Attending Speakers

  • Claudia Bracho, Peace Fellow, Urban Peace Institute
  • Talib Hudson, Director of Research and Innovation, National Network for Safer Communities


  • Paul Carrillo, Founder, Southern California Crossroads

Required Readings for CLE Credit


Keynote Speaker Address: Eddie Bocanegra, Senior Advisor, Community Violence Intervention, U. S. Department of Justice.

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Day 2 - October 21, 2022

Panel 2: The History of the Second Amendment: How We Got to Bruen–and Where We Go from Here

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This panel will provide an overview of the history of the Second Amendment and the doctrinal use of that history. Beginning with the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, and particularly in light of its recent opinion in NYSRPA v. Bruen, modern gun laws have been tested for constitutionality by their comparability to 18th- and 19th-century American laws. The panelists will discuss this standard and how it raises important questions such as: who passed these historical laws, and for whose benefit?

Attending Speakers

  • Jake Charles, Professor, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Saul Cornell, Professor, Guenther Chair in American History, Fordham University
  • Danny Li, Attorney
  • Eric Ruben, Assistant Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law


  • Esther Sanchez-Gomez, Litigation Director, Giffords Law Center

Required Readings for CLE Credit


Panel 3: Police Violence and Public Safety in a World of Concealed Carry

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This panel will discuss how to address public health and police violence concerns in a world where there is a fundamental right to carry a concealed weapon – particularly, in situations when police confront legally-armed people of color. It will also address Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and whether and how the increasing number of individuals carrying firearms may be used to justify more searches, seizures, and police violence, particularly towards Black Americans.

Attending Speakers

  • Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Professor, UConn School of Law
  • Guha Krishnamurthi, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law 
  • Julie Diaz Martinez, Check the Sheriff Coalition
  • Peter Salib, Assistant Professor, University of Houston Law Center


  • Alicia Virani, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Director of the Criminal Justice Program, UCLA School of Law

Required Readings for CLE Credit


Panel 4: Different Enforcement and Disparate Impacts of Gun Laws

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In light of the arguments raised by public defenders as amici in Bruen, this panel will discuss racial disparities in the enforcement of gun laws, how this contributes to the inequities of mass incarceration, and the social science evidence demonstrating the disproportionately-high burden borne by children and communities of color as a result of gun violence. It will also explore what policies can help address this disproportionate gun violence without enhancing the burdens that mass incarceration imposes on the same communities.

Attending Speakers

  • Melissa Barragan, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Sarah Britto, Assistant Professor, Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • David Olson, Professor, Loyola University Chicago
  • Sharone Mitchell Jr., Chief Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender


  • Ingrid Eagly, Professor, UCLA School of Law

Required Readings for CLE Credit


Panel 5: Guns at Poll-Booths and Protests: the Chilling Effect on First Amendment Activities and Against Criminal Justice Reform

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This panel will discuss how the presence of guns in public chills the exercise of First Amendment rights, particularly at polling sites and protests advocating for legal reforms. This panel may also examine how the increasing number of fringe groups illegally conspiring to use firearms to threaten, coerce, or kill public officials ­– including federal and state legislators –can undermine the channels through which reforms would ordinarily take place, affecting the likelihood of meaningful and much-needed change.

Attending Speakers

  • Joseph Blocher, Professor, Duke Law
  • Matt Fogelson, Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
  • Kelly Sampson, Senior Counsel and Director of Racial Justice, Brady Campaign
  • Reva Siegel, Professor, Yale Law School


  • Allison Anderman, Senior Counsel & Director of Local Policy, Giffords Law Center

Required Readings for CLE Credit


UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Panels 1,2,3, and 5 are approved for 1.25 hours of general MCLE credit, and Panel 4 is approved for 1.25 of Recognition and Elimination of Bias credit. An individual can receive a maximum of 5 hours of general MCLE credit and 1.25 hours of Recognition and Elimination of Bias credit.

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Past Symposia

  • 2021 Symposium: Restorative Justice Origins, Applications & Futures

    The UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Justice Law Review and Criminal Justice Program invites you to attend our virtual symposium series “Restorative Justice Origins, Applications, and Futures.” Restorative justice is a term and practice with increasing currency, but is not always well understood. This symposium series will provide law students and faculty with an understanding of the foundations of restorative justice, how restorative justice can be used as an alternative to the criminal and juvenile legal systems, and will explore how to incorporate restorative justice in the legal academy. To register for each panel, click on the event title below.

    Panel 1: Building Communities of Healing and Accountability, November 3, 2021 – Watch video


    • Gary Malachi Scott, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
    • Sonya Shah, Ahimsa Collective
    • Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation

    Panel 2: Restorative Justice as an Alternative to the Juvenile/Criminal Legal System, November 5, 2021 – Watch video


    • Wakumi Douglas, S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective
    • Jennifer Llewellyn, Schulich School of Law
    • Iri Mako, Te Whānau o Waipareira
    • Ghani Songster, Right to Redemption

    Panel 3: Restorative Justice and the Legal Academy, November 10, 2021 – Watch video


    • Annalise Buth, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    • Tali Gires, ‘19, Still She Rises
    • Thalia Gonzalez, Occidental College
    • Jonathan Scharrer, University of Wisconsin Law School

    This series is co-sponsored by: UCLA School of Law’s Public Interest Law and Policy Program and The Promise Institute for Human Rights, South Carolina’s Restorative Justice Initiative, the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and The Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies at UC Davis.

  • 2020 Symposium: Whose Streets? Building Safe Communities for All

    Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Law Review, the Criminal Justice Program, and the Center for the Study of Women. This series focused on emerging community-centered alternatives that are taking hold amidst calls to defund the police. During each webinar, a panel of scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and activists looked at an iconic neighborhood space--the street, the home, and the school--and explored the possibilities and legal obstacles to creating new forms of response to public safety incidents that are safe and effective for all.

    Symposium series flyer

    Session 1: Street | Monday, October 19, 2020

    Link to video

    In this first session, we examine to what extent neighborhood-driven safety models could replace the police's most visible activity—street-level patrols. Are there better ways to handle "quality of life" crimes than citations and arrests? What other institutions could enforce traffic safety violations? What changes are needed in legal regimes to allow for alternatives to take root? This panel brings together speakers to grapple with these questions.

    Ronda Goldfein, Safehouse
    Farhang Heydari, The Policing Project at NYU Law
    Michael Saavedra, Formerly incarcerated Jailhouse lawyer and UCLA Underground Scholar
    Professor Sunita Patel, UCLA School of Law, Moderator

    This activity is approved for 1 hour of general MCLE credit. UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

    MCLE Readings:

    Session 2: Home | Monday, October 26, 2020

    Unpredictable, dangerous, and unfortunately common, incidents of intimate partner and family violence are frequently cited as an obstacle to reducing the police presence in a community. However, recent research by the CDC and others suggests that tough on crime approaches to intimate partner violence are less effective at reducing intimate partner violence than programs that provide early violence intervention, prenatal care, shelter, employment, free preschool, and even green spaces. Yet it is still difficult to imagine a safe alternative response to a dynamic situation where violence has been reported, and victims and intervenors may be in danger of immediate, serious harm. This panel brings together experts to discuss what is at stake and what alternatives can and will work.

    Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, California State Assembly
    Mariah Monsanto, BYP100 She Safe, We Safe Campaign
    Lisa Sangoi, Movement for Family Power
    Dean Allison Korn, UCLA School of Law, Moderator

    Session 3: School | Monday, November 2, 2020

    A major focus of the movement to defund the police is the call for K-12 schools and universities to divest from police. Activists argue that police officers on school campuses do not contribute to safety and only serve to disrupt learning environments for students of color, exacerbating educational inequities and contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. At the same time, proponents of school resource officers argue that in a heavily armed society, schools are no longer presumptively safe spaces, and police officers can be positive role models for students, their presence building trust and understanding between officers and young people. Rounding out our discussion on community-driven public safety, we examine current challenges activists face in the movement to divest from police in schools as well as proposed alternatives to officers in schools.

    SA Smythe, Assistant Professor, UCLA, Gender Studies & African American Studies
    sarah Djato, LAUSD high school student and member-leader of Students Deserve
    Jason P. Nance, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law
    Professor Máximo Langer, UCLA School of Law, Moderator

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    2020 Spring Symposium: Fees and Fines Policy in California: Current Research & Pathways to Change

    2019: Reimagining Criminal Justice

    2018: Bail Reform in California and Beyond

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